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Do You Have Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Written by Valiant Living Recovery on Saturday, December 19th, 2020

Many people associate attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with children, but many adults struggle with ADHD as well. ADHD typically starts in childhood, but the condition is often not medically recognized until the person becomes an adult. Symptoms for Adult ADHD can range from minimal to severe but often include:

  • Impulsive actions
  • Difficulty focusing on one task
  • Poor planning skills
  • Problems committing to completing jobs
  • Mood swings
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Quick to anger
  • Restlessness

Negative Impact of Having Adult ADHD

Living with Adult ADHD can prove frustrating, causing difficulties in romantic relationships and with friends and family. Loved ones may not understand that ADHD is a medical condition. As such, they may become frustrated and avoidant. This condition can also contribute to poor performance on the job or in college, causing co-workers and professors to believe the person is purposefully not producing the expected results on time. Over time, this may impact career and school objectives.  

Adult ADHD Often Comes With Other Challenges

Some people not only deal with trying to cope with Adult ADHD but also experience co-occurring illnesses. Many suffer from an anxiety disorder, made more difficult because having ADHD can increase anxiety. Other common co-existing mental health challenges include mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder.  Adults with ADHD may turn to drugs and alcohol to help cope, ultimately developing a substance abuse problem. As these problems pile up, they become increasingly difficult to treat. 

The frustration that develops from dealing with Adult ADHD can impact a person’s self-esteem. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, this condition can cause a lifetime of problems for those who deal with it. A person concerned that they may fall into this category should see their doctor to get a proper diagnosis and discuss their treatment options.  While Adult ADHD is less common than ADHD in children, it is highly treatable. 

Many people believe Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) presents only in children who eventually outgrow it. Many grown-ups deal with Adult ADHD, often not knowing they have it. The impulsive actions and difficulty focusing can cause problems in relationships, at work, and in college. Valiant Living understands how to treat Adult ADHD and co-occurring mood disorders or addiction that may accompany it. Our Denver area location offers a men-only setting to address all of your issues and learn to manage them. Call us today to find out how we can help you get started! (303) 952-5035.